Bluehost Dedicated Wordpress
Never again. When you see ‘Unlimited’ or ‘Unmetered’ - instead read “THROTTLED”. After a year of countless issues with slow server response and database connection errors, we finally reached the last straw after having our hosting account de-activated for purportedly being infected with ‘malware’. After hiring a third party developer to verify that our site was solely experiencing server issues, we migrated to a new host and have experienced ZERO errors. Also - know that the Site Backup Pro service is BROKEN, and does not allow you access to the back-ups that are included in the hosting plan. Support was more than willing to restore the back-ups for me, but REFUSED to give me copies, despite me providing multiple instances of documentation where I was promised and encouraged to download them to my computer. Probably because they knew I would be using the back-ups to escape their clutches. Other than that, Support is incompetent. SSL is buggy. Prepare for errors to pop up out of the blue. Beware Bluehost.
Not only is the platform affordable, it also provides lower-tier users with advanced features and excellent support as it would advanced ones. What’s great with the service is that it can help you exploit the most out of Google and Bing advertising. It also offers in-house services using its own fiber connections, data centers and Linux kernel running on custom servers. Bluehost’s web hosting plans are quite generous especially in terms of bandwidth. These packages entail extremely high bandwidths and storage space at very low prices.
Support is available 24*7*365 and you can contact them using different methods. You can create a ticket or use the live chat feature or make a phone call. BlueHost also provides good customer service, as the main goal of the company is to provide good customer support. Like HostGator, BlueHost also provide Email Support, Live Chat and Phone Support.
Websites often run very slowly on Bluehost servers, where they ran very quickly on our local and live development servers. I've had numerous clients complain that their website goes down frequently, or that they have email problems. We had a client recently switch to a more reliable host because their email problems became too much to handle. Frankly, the ups and downs of the servers and the headaches that come with that aren't worth the cheap price.
Speed: Surprisingly, HostGator’s speed response time test was disappointing. Nevertheless, given the cost of the service, the results are still within reasonable limits. The tests resulted to 45ms average response time for DomainTools and an average of 53ms for Bitctcha’s results. These tests were done from servers based in the US, so the results were as expected. What’s surprising are the speed tests done from servers located at different parts of the globe. Most results came in at an average of 200ms – and with servers from London just going a little above 300ms. Given these numbers, HostGator’s shared web hosting server speeds are average in the US and are impressive abroad.
SSL certificates are small data files installed on website pages (login screens, payment pages, or online forms) that require users to submit sensitive information, such as name, credit card information, or passwords. SSL certificates can also be installed on web servers, which enables the use of the more secure HTTPS protocol and therefore a secure connection.
In order to put these hosts to the test, I monitored their uptime for an entire year using Dotcom-Monitor’s ServerView platform. Each website hosted on Bluehost and Hostgator was pinged every 3 hours from multiple datacenters in North America. Testing over a long period of time is important because it helps to create a larger sample size with more data points. 12 months is a fairly long term test when it comes monitoring and this length of time gives a pretty fair assessment of the reliability of a host. Having a test that goes for 12 months ensure that each host had the opportunity to recover from downtime here and there and still have a decent long term average for uptime and reliability of their servers.
During my last semester of teaching I was approached by one of my students who said he could optimize my site and get many more readers quickly, but found some security flaws in the site which should be fixed first. He offered to fix it himself for free, but first I contacted support. They did not do much and claimed the site was in good standing with security.
Bluehost, on the other hand, has always provided me fast, solid support. I’ve spoken with them via phone and email and had great experiences with them both times. Bluehost has highly rated customer service and seems to deserve it – although they did come under fire with their response to a DDOS attack in 2015. In a recent incident, they were much more transparent.
I switched from another host because of frequent outages & poor customer service. Bluehost has been a great choice. It was easy to transfer my website with very available customer support. The dashboard is easy to understand & navigate. The price is a good value. They are an excellent choice for WordPress hosting. I have experienced virtually no outages since moving to Bluehost. Also speed & server response times were much improved. I am glad I found them.